Journal article

A Comparison of Echocardiographic Techniques in Determination of Arterial Elasticity in the Pediatric Population

Michael Fahey, H Helen Ko, Shubhika Srivastava, Wyman W Lai, MPH Samprit Chatterjee, Ira A Parness, Irene D Lytrivi

Echocardiography | WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Many methods are used to measure arterial elasticity in children using echocardiography. There is no data to support the equivalence of the different techniques. The goal of this study was to evaluate the reproducibility of several techniques used to measure arterial elasticity using echocardiography. METHODS: Aortic distension in two different sites (arterial distension) through the cardiac cycle was measured by (four) two-dimensional (2D) and M-mode echocardiographic techniques in 20 children without significant structural heart disease. These measurements combined with noninvasive blood pressure measurements were used to calculate arterial elastic indices. Arterial elasticity ..

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